Most fans of Call of Duty could, probably, come to an agreement that the series hasn’t truly changed much.
Point. Shoot. Kill.
This is the basic idea behind the CoD franchise, so fans of the series know what they’re getting into with each installment. Each new addition adds minor changes here or there, a new campaign, and of course a little graphical touch-up. If it’s selling well, why would they change the formula? It’s been proven that if they throw in new maps, weapons, unlocks, and equipment we’ll buy it.
Before you condemn me, I want to be sure everyone’s aware that I enjoy my CoD as much as the next person, but I can acknowledge that there is very little change with each installment. The argument that each is merely an expansion seems all to valid, and it’s a cryin’ shame. There is a large amount of fun to be had with each iteration of Call of Duty. It may not be enough to keep you playing forever, as newer titles make their way into stores, but I’ve found myself investing a significant portion of my time with each new addition.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 had fallen off my radar for a brief amount of time. I fell victim to the same thoughts of it being just another product on the manufacturing line of CoD titles. Yet, after seeing the E3 gameplay demo, I found myself slowly leaning back into the mysterious dark magic of the franchise. I gazed deep into the dark arts where they conjured up a potion in their cauldrons to cast a spell on the population, and break another game selling record. Then, after the E3 demo came to a close, I found that the potion just wasn’t quite as potent as it used to be.
With the multiplayer reveal trailer it seems Treyarch’s potion wasn’t less potent, but instead, is most effective as a multiple dosage elixir. In case you haven’t seen the trailer be sure to check it out right now. Be sure to wash it down with a shot of anticipation, and water. You might get dehydrated after…I’m just trying to look out for you.
Treyarch is certainly attempting to add enough brand new gadgets, weapons, and gizmos for fans to come runnin’ and gunnin’ back into CoD’s relentless grasp. They’ve taken CoD to the future, and it’s already looking to be the right move.
Fans watch as each new gadget is unveiled in a glorious FPS frenzy only to have it come to a bittersweet end as they roll the credits. Then, out of nowhere, it cuts to a completely new feature for the franchise. Live commentary and tournament support. The game cuts to footage shown in the very beginning of what appears to be a deathmatch, as a commentator effectively does his best to hype up the mayhem.
Full information on the mode has yet to be revealed, but Treyarch can be certain that they have fans at full attention. If there is one thing to truly take away from the multiplayer reveal it’s that we may very well see a brand new revolution for multiplayer gaming very soon. The only problem with building the hype is that it just seems to early to know just what the commentary mode could truly mean for the game.
Sure, we’ve seen the taste of what we might be able to expect, but at the end of the day it’s still just speculation. There are still more questions than answers.
Is the commentary truly live? Will there be a complete tournament support functionality built into the game? Is this new addition only available for Elite subscribers? We all have questions now and that seems to have been the point from the beginning. Get us talking, and increase anticipation to drive sales to disgusting levels. I really don’t blame them.
Surely, fans will be pleased with the futuristic finesse being placed into Black Ops 2′s multiplayer. With what appears to be a fully fledged tournament support, and live commentary functionality, it seems inevitable that CoD will continue to have a thriving online community.
Which features and additions are you looking forward to the most? Will you be picking up Black Ops 2 for the new additions, or am I just a fool for even thinking each CoD is just a small expansion? Be sure to drop a comment below if you feel so inclined.
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This article was first posted on August 9, 2012